Visit with Farmer, Mill Owner in NC

Tom Stegall at the Stegall Mill in Marshville, NC. When I asked if I could take a photo of him, he said, “Are you going to send it to Obama?”

  He gave me directions to his farm and I went out and looked at his barn. He raises these gourds and puts 45 of them up on poles for as nests for the Martins, which he says come in the Spring and stay until July. (They perform aerial acrobatics while catching flying insects.)

   He gave me a recipe for cooking a possum (with sweet potatoes).

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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